On this week’s bumper podcast, the London theatre bloggers discuss West End musicals Kinky Boots and Dusty, as well as Off-West End plays Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched, The Man Who Had All the Luck and And Then Come the Nightjars.
Two years after its Broadway debut, Kinky Boots strides into London’s Adelphi Theatre, helmed by Jerry Mitchell who is evidently looking to repeat the show’s award-winning success over here.
Based on the BBC film of a decade ago – in turn inspired by true events – Kinky Boots tells of a Northampton based shoe factory facing closure, that stumbles across the idea of making women’s fashion thigh-length boots but built for a man’s body. As their kinky boots go down a storm amongst the transvestite and drag community, the company is saved.
If the shoe fits, they say, wear it. But in truth there’s always been a bit of a size differential between Kinky Boots, the modest urban Brit-flick, and the Cyndi Lauper/ Harvey Fierstein musical that it spawned. Lauper’s score resides principally in the funk and spunk of cross-dressing catwalk glamour while the somewhat dowdy spirit of Northamptonshire – the vernacular of the piece – is barely hinted at in the “Price and Son Theme” of the opening number.
This morning I’m delighted to be in agreement with most of the overnight critics awarding a slew of four stars to last night’s opening: the London premiere of another New York import. Of course, this import has a strong British pedigree. I’m talking about Kinky Boots, of course, the Broadway musical based on the 2005 […]
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR DANCING. IF YOU DARE. Sequins, feathers, glitter, two and a half hours of hurtling from one noisy shining set-piece to another, this is more of a gig than a drama. If you’re fine with that … Continue reading →
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In my Theatre Diary last week, I recommended two new musicals – Urinetown and The Scottsboro Boys, both originated in New York and given UK premiere productions Off-West End before transferring in the past few weeks. Now, I can add two more major new West End musicals to your must-see list, which I had the […]
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